Then Nathan went to his home. The Lord struck the child that Uriah's wife had borne to David, and the child became very ill.
"See now that I, indeed I, am he!" says the Lord, "and there is no other god besides me. I kill and give life, I smash and I heal, and none can resist my power.
David went on to say, "As the Lord lives, the Lord himself will strike him down. Either his day will come and he will die, or he will go down into battle and be swept away.
The Lord afflicted the king with an illness; he suffered from a skin disease until the day he died. He lived in separate quarters, while his son Jotham was in charge of the palace and ruled over the people of the land.
Jeroboam did not regain power during the reign of Abijah. The Lord struck him down and he died.
When you ignore them, they panic. When you take away their life's breath, they die and return to dust.